Postgraduate Level 7

PGCert Mammography Principles and Practice

School of Health and Society




One year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This course facilitates the student to become a proficient mammography practitioner, able to produce high quality mammographic images with a knowledge and understanding of the underpinning evidence base.

The programme does not provide you with a clinical placement, your employer will fund you to complete this course or if you are self-funding, you will need to find a clinical placement that will support you. As part of the application process you need to send a verification form with the manager and mentor signatures, stating that they support your application to study. 

Method of Assessment:

You will be assessed by;

  • Clinical Record of Achievement - clinical portfolio and reflection
  • A written clinical audit 
  • Online examination.

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

The student will be encouraged to reflect upon their clinical experience and that of the service user journey to gain a deeper appreciation of both and improve their professional practice over the duration of the course. The online learning utilises bespoke elements, the excellent e-Learning for Health resources and the National Breast Imaging Academy’s expertise to support the overall learning package.

As a student on a post graduate certificate, you are expected to be an independent learner, be able to identify your own learning needs and work toward achieving them. Completing the post graduate certificate will enable you to develop your skills to become competent in performing an imaging technique.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The module will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Some content will be delivered on campus at the University of Salford within our new imaging facility. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Ultra, will be used for live online tutorials as well as providing students with directed learning resources and access to the University library’s extensive databases to complete independent learning.

Our team consist of a team of academic and clinical experts. We collaborate with experienced honorary staff to develop up to date curriculum and student-centred learning. You will be supported by an academic personal tutor.

You will work under the supervision of a clinical mentor at your site to complete a clinical caseload. Your employer must provide a suitably qualified clinical mentor who will provide regular supervision and support you through your course.


The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

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What about after uni?

This certificate will enable you to work as a mammographer within breast screening and symptomatic clinics.  If you'd like to continue your professional development in breast imaging we have a range of modules on our MSc Advanced Medical Imaging programme. 

Career Links

As a school, we work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

You will need access to a clinical caseload and mentor.  The minimum clinical requirements are outlined for each workstream in this verification form:

MPAP verification form (2023-2024) MPAP 2023 24 verification form.docx

Please complete this in full and have it signed off by your mentor and manager before uploading it with your application.  The university are unable to provide a clinical placement. 

 For all enquiries please contact the programme lead, Hannah Kearsley More information on Hannah can be found here

Application checklist

Complete the online application using the big red button at the top of this page.  Ensure the following are included with your application:

  • Evidence of all previous qualifications 
  • Completed verification form
English language requirements 

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English - IELTS - a minimum overall score of 7.0 (with no element below 6.5) is proof of this. 

    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You will hold a degree in BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography or other health care professional qualification, 2:1 or above.

    If you do not meet our entry requirements you will be asked to complete a writing task prior to being made an offer to study, please ensure that you apply in good time for this to be completed. 

    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2024

    September 2025